Stress is stress, right? Not so fast. The everyday hustle and bustle is very different from the stress we endure during times of extreme distress.

For example, traffic stress is completely different than the prolonged stress of losing a loved one. The question is, how to deal with stress of every level—particularly the kinds that can completely sabotage your life.

Consider these 5 easy ways you can manage your stress levels during extreme moments in your life.

Go for a Swim

Swimming is an excellent exercise that allows you to naturally jump into rhythmic breathing. Your body tells you when you need to breathe and how often—you don’t have to think about it. Also, swimming is a much more calming exercise than running, and is less harsh on your joints. Add a swim to your morning or evening workout practice for the best results.

Practice Yoga

Studies consistently show that Yoga is one of the best ways to deal with stress. Not only that, Yoga has a spiritual component that asks you to tap into your union with the world around you. Do a bit of research on the origins of Yoga to learn how it can help your mind as well as your body during stressful life events.

Take a Cold Water Dip

Our bodies and minds naturally shut out distractions when they are ‘shocked’ with an outside change. When you take a dip in cold water, your mind shifts from the problems you’re dealing with to being in the moment—which is where you want it. Try an outdoor swim in winter or even an ice bath at home to benefit from this tactic.

Practice Stillness

Set aside at least 10 minutes each day to sit in silence. Calm your mind with deep breathing, and then sit and watch your thoughts pass you by. This trains your mind to see thoughts for what they are, an illusion. It also increases the gray matter in your brain!

Eat Your Greens

When we’re stressed our immune systems take a hit. Stock up on your green vegetables to get the nutrients and antioxidants your body needs to stay healthy. Try adding in a supplementary green drink for extra minerals!
Learning how to deal with stress naturally isn’t easy in today’s fast-paced, pill obsessed world. But with a bit of effort on your part you can effectively manage stress and enjoy a peaceful life.

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